Stephen Haywood


I have been a Director of the U-Night Group since it started in 2013.
It was my idea to set up a group to help people with a learning disability in Fylde and Wyre to have relationships and a good social life.
I have been so pleased to see the U-Night Group grow and develop in recent years and am looking forward to our new service ‘Meet n Match’ expanding across Lancashire.
I am also very proud of the training about relationships that we have done, together with self advocates and staff, which I regularly help to deliver.
In addition to my busy involvement with the U-Night Group, I also work for the self advocacy organisation, REACT, based in Preston and am a Director of their partner organisation, S.A.I.L.
In my spare time I enjoy meeting people, listening to music, going to concerts and live shows, football, cinema and watching soaps on T.V.

Sue Sharples


I have been the Chairperson of the U-Night Group, since it started in 2013.
Having worked with people with a Learning Disability for over 50 years, in a variety of roles, I was acutely aware of the need to support the development of social and intimate relationships and the impact that this can have on people’s wellbeing.
It was the enthusiasm from self advocates, like Stephen Haywood, that drove us to set up the Community Interest Company, to be run with the full involvement of people with a learning disability.
I am extremely proud of the fact that we have been able to expand our training and events services throughout Lancashire, thanks to the generosity of Awards for All and the People’s Health Lottery.
In my limited spare time I enjoy being with family and friends, jazz dancing, travelling, family history, cycling, walking and cooking.